21 000 girls pregnant

School girls in South Africa. Image: Flickr

KwaZulu Natal teen crisis: 21 000 young girls fall pregnant

Talk about a calamity. KZN has reported 21 000 girls fall pregnant in the current financial year. The victims are 15 years and younger.

21 000 girls pregnant

School girls in South Africa. Image: Flickr

No less than 21 000 girls fell pregnant in KwaZulu Natal within 2021. The province’s MEC for Social Development Nonhlanhla Khoza confirmed on Saturday.

It is said that the rural areas of the province emerge as the major contributor to the crisis, where traditional customers tend to violate young and older’s women’s rights.


Khoza said the department is alarmingly concerned over the frightening numbers in the province. She revealed the report at an event in Mpandwini Area in Mbumbulu, south of Durban, where government and traditional leaders discussed the role of men in curbing Gender-Based Violence

“Looking at the stats, you tell yourself ‘who made them pregnant’ because they are starting from the age of 9 to 14 years,” Khoza said to SABC News.

“So we are concerned that all along, we’ve been having programs that talk to women but it’s high time that we have initiatives [that] talk to men so as to curb the scourge of Gender-Based Violence.

“We need to have those perpetrators arrested because that one is a big no and that one is rape,” Khoza added.


Meanwhile, in the Eastern Cape, a 16-year-old learner was driven to take her own life after her peers accused her of witchcraft.

Lathitha Nako was ‘spiritually gifted,’ but her peers took this for witchcraft. The disturbing event was initially reported on Facebook before going viral across the land.

According to the report, the Bhisho high school grade 10 learner found an escape from bullies by swallowing a pesticide and died in hospital on Wednesday.

A WhatsApp voice note that is believed to have been recorded by the victim made the rounds on social media. Nako is heard talking to her friend about the horror of the witchcraft accusation she was facing at school.